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Ok, so we are planning our 7th trip back to Orlando this December. A bit different this time though. We aren't doing any parks (other than one night at MVMCP and Legoland). Aiming to stay at Rosen Plaza on I Drive and will have our 6 year old daughter with us (don't worry we aren't being the worst parents in the world by not taking her to the parks this time, we were there in 2017 and are also saving to go back in 2021!)

Looking for inspiration on things to do as a family that are either free or relatively cheap. Will likely hire a car so doesn't need to be I-Drive based either. Hit me with your recommendations!
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Take a walk around Lake Eola at night; watch the Winter Garden Golf Cart Parade (yes, seriously!), and visit Winter Garden for its lights anyway; tour the Magic Kingdom resorts by monorail; get tickets for ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Resort (it costs, but is well worth it); tour the Rosen Hotels for their Xmas lights presentations; spend time at Disney Springs (ideally in midweek when it's not TOO busy) and take in the Christmas Tree Trail; and spend some time at the Mall of Millenia, which does a fabulous Xmas overlay and visit with Santa!

For something really different, consider the amazing Singing Trees presentation at the First Baptist Church: firstorlando/events/singing-trees/
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We are going back in December too and only doing MVMCP and also staying at The Rosen Plaza for 4 weeks.December just gone we went to the American equivalent to Crufts dog show in the conference center..it was a really good day and it was only $10 each. Simon has some great ideas.
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Take a walk around Lake Eola at night; watch the Winter Garden Golf Cart Parade (yes, seriously!), and visit Winter Garden for its lights anyway; tour the Magic Kingdom resorts by monorail; get tickets for ICE! at the Gaylord Palms Resort (it costs, but is well worth it); tour the Rosen Hotels for their Xmas lights presentations; spend time at Disney Springs (ideally in midweek when it's not TOO busy) and take in the Christmas Tree Trail; and spend some time at the Mall of Millenia, which does a fabulous Xmas overlay and visit with Santa!

For something really different, consider the amazing Singing Trees presentation at the First Baptist Church: firstorlando/events/singing-trees/
Love these ideas! Thanks Simon, that definitely gives us something to work with! I take it for touring the Magic Kingdom resorts, we'd need to pay parking?
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We are going back in December too and only doing MVMCP and also staying at The Rosen Plaza for 4 weeks.December just gone we went to the American equivalent to Crufts dog show in the conference center..it was a really good day and it was only $10 each. Simon has some great ideas.
My daughter is dog-daft so that would be right up her street! Is it held the same time every year? What date in December was it (I suspect it might be before we arrive )
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My daughter is dog-daft so that would be right up her street! Is it held the same time every year? What date in December was it (I suspect it might be before we arrive )
I think it was the 15th or 16th last year..it really was great,lol we only went really as it was raining but we loved it.
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I think it was the 15th or 16th last year..it really was great,lol we only went really as it was raining but we loved it.
Ah, likely just a bit early for us but will keep an eye out just in case we strike lucky
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We are going back in December too and only doing MVMCP and also staying at The Rosen Plaza for 4 weeks.December just gone we went to the American equivalent to Crufts dog show in the conference center..it was a really good day and it was only $10 each. Simon has some great ideas.
Oooh, good call on the AKC National Championship, Scotsmomma We went in 2017 and had an amazing day out (for just $10/person!). This year's show will be at the Convention Center on Dec 14 and 15.
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